Nicole Isaac

VP, Global Public Policy, Government Affairs @ Cisco

Nicole Isaac
Vice President, Global Public Policy, Government Affairs

As Vice President of Global Public Policy for Government Affairs, Nicole Isaac leads a team of experts that drive
Cisco’s policy agenda to bolster ICT adoption around the world and to enable Cisco’s purpose to power an
inclusive future for all.

Prior to joining Cisco, Nicole spent more than 20 years in the government, corporate, legal, and nonprofit
sectors. In addition to senior roles at Google, Meta, and LinkedIn, her background in government is wide-ranging. After beginning her career as counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives, she became a foreign law clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa before joining the office of U.S. Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) as floor counsel. For five years of the Obama administration, Nicole was the deputy director for legislative affairs to then-Vice President Joe Biden and later served as a special assistant to President Barack Obama in the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs.

Passionate about empowering others, Nicole was the founder and CEO of Code the Streets, Inc.—a nonprofit
organization designed to increase access to educational and mentoring resources for inner-city youth through
technology. She has also been a trustee with World Learning Inc. and a board member of the Joseph R. Biden
Foundation. She was recently appointed to serve as a commissioner to the United States Commission on the
Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, which protects and preserves historic properties and monuments
across Eastern and Central Europe.

Nicole grew up in the Bronx, New York and received her Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, Master of Arts
from Columbia University, Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Master of Studies
(LLM equivalent) from the University of Oxford